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Weekly Update

This page was last updated on 21 June 2022

Please note that national factors outside our local control such as vaccine approval & supply, and changes to national policy & guidance, will impact on the delivery of our COVID-19 vaccination programme in Powys. This does mean that the information on this page is subject to change. Please keep checking back for the latest information. This page is now normally updated weekly.

Vaccinations delivered through the Powys Vaccination Programme

Around a third of a million vaccine doses have been administered by the Powys COVID-19 vaccination programme.

Over 18s:

  • 91.6% of people aged 18+ in Powys have received their first dose, and 89.8% have received their second dose.
  • 80.5% of people aged 18+ have received a first booster. This is the highest rate of all health boards in Wales.
  • 82% of eligible individuals have already received a spring booster.

Under 18s:

  • 84.0% of 16-17 year olds and 75.3% have received a second dose. 46.5% have taken up the offer of a booster dose.
  • 68.3% of 12-15 year olds have received their first dose and 56.2% have received a second doses.
  • These rates are the highest of all health boards in Wales.
  • Vaccination is also under way for people aged 5-11.

Thank you to everyone who continues to participate in our vaccination programme.

Current Headlines

First Doses

If you are aged 13+ and registered with a Powys GP and have not yet received your first dose then you can attend our drop-in sessions. You can also attend a first dose drop in if you are age 12 and born on or before 31 August 2009. People aged 12-15 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

All 5-12 year olds can now receive two doses of COVID-19 vaccination. You can use our online form to request an appointment. If you have already completed our form then we will be in touch soon.

Second Doses

If you are aged 18+ you will normally receive your invitation around 8 weeks after your first dose. If you are aged 5-17 you will normally receive your invitation 12 weeks after your first dose (unless you are in a clinical risk group in which case the interval is 8 weeks).

If you are 18+ and you received your first dose more than eight weeks ago then you can attend our drop-in sessions.

If you are 13-17 and received your first dose more than twelve weeks ago then you can attend our drop-in sessions. People aged 13-15 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Children aged 5-12 will normally receive an invitation for their second dose.

Drop-in appointments are not available for AstraZeneca so please look out for your invitation or use our Priority Access Form if you are due an AZ second dose.

First booster doses

First boosters are available on a drop-in basis for everyone aged 16+. Please check our drop-in sessions if you are 16+ and completed your primary course more than three months ago.

Spring booster doses

People aged 75+, residents of care homes for older adults, and people aged 12+ with severe immunosuppression will be offered a spring booster (for most people this will be a second booster, unless your first booster was on or after 12 March). 

You can drop in if you have not received an appointment.

People aged under 75 are not eligible for spring boosters unless you have severe immunosuppression or are a resident of a care home for older adults.

Spring boosters end on 30 June 2022 so please attend a drop in or get in touch if you have not taken up your spring booster yet.

Autumn booster doses The JCVI has published interim advice on the autumn booster programme 2022.
Third primary dose vaccination

Some people with severe immunosuppression at the time of their first or second dose are offered a third primary dose. This is in addition to a first booster, and to a second booster (if eligible).

If you were immunosuppressed at the time of your first or second dose and you have not received a third dose you can use our online form to let us know.

Invitations for third primary dose appointments will be from your health board. Please do not contact your GP.

If you have severe immunosuppression then you will normally be offered a first booster around three months after your third primary dose, and a second booster around six months after your first booster.

COVID Pass

We regret that the health board is not directly involved in vaccine passports or international travel policy and advice. Please do not contact the health board or your GP practice about vaccine passports and international travel except in the specific circumstances mentioned in our COVID Pass page.

Remember that it can take a few days for your vaccine dose to appear on your NHS COVID Pass. Please make sure you plan at least two months ahead if you think you will need a COVID Pass showing both a first and second dose (as there is an eight week interval between your first and second dose), or at least five months in advance if you need a COVID Pass showing a booster.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

COVID-19 vaccination is available if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. 

If you have not yet taken up your invitation for vaccination you can attend our drop-in sessions or use our Priority Access Form to request an appointment.

More information about vaccination during pregnancy and breastfeeding is available from our website.

Local news and updates

The latest edition of our COVID-19 Vaccination Newsletter was published on 11 March 2022.

National news and updates:

The latest updates from Welsh Government are available from their Welsh Government website.

Weekly updates on vaccination figures at health board level (and daily updates on figures at an all-Wales level) are published by Public Health Wales.

Where is COVID-19 booster vaccination taking place in Powys?

Vaccination is now taking place in:

  • main vaccination clinics in Newtown and Bronllys - our vaccination clinic in Builth Wells closed in June and a new centre in mid Powys will open soon
  • care homes and hospital wards
  • three GP practices in Powys joined the spring booster programme to offer COVID-19 spring boosters for their patients aged 75 and over - Welshpool, Rhayader and Presteigne
  • people's homes (for those who are clinically housebound).

More information about the national COVID-19 Vaccination Programme in Wales:

Understandably, there will be a lot of questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Please note that national factors such as vaccine approval & availability, and changes to national policy & guidance, will impact on the delivery of our COVID-19 vaccination programme in Powys. This does mean that the information on this page is subject to change. Please keep checking back for the latest information.

 

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